Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impairment - Leatherhead

Surrey County Council
10 Jan 2018
08 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

£24,018 - £39,725 per annum (Teachers Main Pay Scale + UPS if applicable) + 1 or 2 SEN points dependent on whether successful applicant holds the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Hearing Impairment (MQHI) pro rata’d for 4 days per week with a base initially in Leatherhead, Surrey.

You will be required to provide a car for business use

Flexible working supported where appropriate, laptop and mobile supplied.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

About the Role

Physical and Sensory Support (PSS) is a targeted specialist teaching service for defined and vulnerable Surrey children and young people (CYP) from 0 to 25 and their educational establishments (home being one of these if very early years). The service identifies and meets individual and organisational need, supports statutory duties, provision and achievement.

PSS operates in a fast-paced, intricate interpersonal environment involving CYP with frequently a high level of complex needs. PSS works with their families, schools and educational settings, including FE/HE, and with other professionals and organisations.

The Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impairment (ATHI) role falls under the terms and conditions of employment for teachers. There is an allocated office base for the post holder but the majority of the time will be spent in delivering the requirements of the job to settings across Surrey as directed by PSS management.

As an ATHI, you will be required to have a high degree of specialist knowledge of special needs and disability and the provision to meet additional needs. You will have an enhanced level of verbal and written communication skills, IT knowledge and strong case management skills in order to deliver an effective service to high-risk and high-need groups within extensive statutory frameworks.

You will be expected to take part in and promote the values associated with the Children’s, Schools and Families Directorate in Surrey.

Your primary duties will include but not be limited to;

  • Providing information, support and advice to families, staff and other professionals on effective learning experiences and inclusion of CYP with hearing impairment (HI) through best practice for curriculum and environmental access.
  • Liaising with a variety of professionals and stakeholders to implement appropriate support for HI CYP.
  • Managing the assigned caseload through defined criteria to provide specialist support, guidance and advice for the curriculum and environmental access and inclusion needs of learners with HI; to work in partnership with all relevant stakeholders and partners including learners and families as appropriate.
  • Advising on the implications of HI on development and learning and to monitor the physical needs of learners to support educational progress.
  • Participating in continuing professional development.
  • Delivering high quality, bespoke INSET when required in order to develop the knowledge and resilience of service users in understanding and supporting the inclusion of CYP with HI.
  • Representing PSS at agreed forums when required to develop and promote best practice regionally and nationally.
  • Using databases and to keep accurate records in accordance with LA requirements.
  • Becoming familiar with, upholding and promoting the aims of the Council's Equality and Diversity policies to ensure non-discriminatory practices are in place in all aspects of work.

The caseload for this position will be primarily in the centre of Surrey and environs, the nearest office-base currently being in Leatherhead although you will be expected to travel County-wide to meet all the requirements of the post. Our part-time staff are required to work Tuesdays but there is flexibility for the other days of work. You will be working with children and young people across the age groups from early years to post 16, across educational phases and in all curriculum areas. You will need recent experience in planning, teaching, monitoring and assessing children and young people with HI. The HI team with PSS works with children and young people with a range of hearing needs, many with additional needs, from mild to profound hearing loss.

Additional Information

The job advert closes on 31 January 2018. Interviews will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 in Leatherhead.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focussed - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.